Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Football fans enjoy showcase of WSU wine science

The WSU Wine Science Program had a featured spot at the recent Taste of Washington event before the WSU football game on September 7. Six WSU Blended Learning student-made wines were available for anyone over age 21 to sample, each paired with a specific food item made with Washington-sourced ingredients.

Program director Thomas Henick-Kling was interviewed on the Cougars pre-game tailgate radio program, which is broadcast around the state. He talked about the strong support the program enjoys from wineries and grape growers in Washington, and the need for students to fill jobs in the industry.

CAHNRS Dean André-Denis Wright spent time in the tent, talking to students pouring the wine, enjoying the samples, and seeing all the Coug fans enjoying the fruits of the wine program’s labor.

This was the first time the WSU wine program took part in a football pre-game event, but everyone agreed it was a huge success that they hope to repeat in coming years.

Dean Wright looks at the chocolates on a table, talking to a woman on the other side of the table.
Dean Wright talks to a Pullman businesswoman who infuses wine into chocolate at the Taste of Washington event.

3 men sit at a desk with headphones on.
WSU Wine Science Program director Thomas Henick-Kling talks with the hosts of the WSU football pre-game tailgate radio show.

A few people stand outside a white tent on an astroturf football field.
The Taste of Washington tent before the WSU football game on Sept. 7.

A couple of dozen people stand around under a white tent roof.
Inside the Taste of Washington tent, where samples of WSU’s Blended Learning student-made wine were give out.